In a match befitting of a clash between two of the best sides in the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings held their nerve to defeat the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening game of VIVO IPL 2018.
Dwayne Bravo batted like a ‘champion’ as Chennai Super Kings made a dream comeback in the Indian Premier League with a thrilling one-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
Needing 7 off the last over, an injured Kedar Kadhav (24 no) unable to run due to hamstring problem played three dot balls before playing lap shot over fine leg off Mustafizur Rahaman followed by a cover drive to end the match on a winning note. Chasing a tricky target of 166 on a track that had seam movement and bounce, CSK were down in the dumps, but Bravo’s incredible 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes turned it in favour of the ‘Canary Yellow’ brigade.
The 18th and 19th overs bowled by Mitchell McLenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah were taken for 20 each including five sixes as Bravo once again showed why MS Dhoni values him so much.
Hardik Pandya (3/24) bowled through considerable pain while rookie leg-spinner Mayank markande (3/23) was briliant on his debut but it was Bravo who changed it all.
Kedar Jadhav says he might be out for a couple of weeks or even a month. Rohit Sharma laments his bowlers’ failure to land the yorkers. Dhoni couldn’t have asked for a better comeback to his CSK career.
Bravo: “I would like to dedicate it to the CSK fans. They have waited a long time for this and it’s only fair. I am glad I could make a match-winning contribution in this game as CSK have shown lot of faith in me.”
Dhoni: “ I think they missed the competition. CSK-Mumbai is one game that people wait to watch. We’re coming back after two years, that’s also the reason that people are eager to watch us in action.